I am going to miss Yan Stastny.
Although we haven’t seen much of him lately, when Stastny was up with the Bruins he was one of the most interesting players to talk to -- he spoke three languages, came from a legendary hockey family, and he liked to talk about the game.
Stastny, a popular player with both his Boston and Providence teammates, was also, by all accounts, a character player who gave his all on every shift.
So, we say "Good luck with Peoria and St. Louis, Yan!"
Except if you are playing Boston or Providence, of course.Tuesday Tune Up
The Bruins held a quick practice at noon in order to tune up for the trek to the sub-sub-tropical local named Buffalo New York,
These days Buffalo is best known for their talented hockey team, but given that the Boston NHL contingent saw fit to survive one of the Sabres’ onslaughts on Monday, you might think that the B’s might be rattling their own swords just a teensy weensy bit.
Boston, fresh off a one-for-seven streak and several forgettable games, acts as if they hardly even remember what happened on Monday in the Garden and, as I write this today, the veterans of the club are working hard to keep the team heading in the right direction toward Wednesday evening.
"We have to come out strong again and have a good first period," said Brad Stuart. "I am sure that (the Sabres) will make a few adjustments, so we’ll have to be ready for that and make our own adjustments.
"We just need that same energy that we had at the start of the (last) game.
"And that (momentum) will probably be the key for us," he said.
How do you, as a veteran, help the team come out with that fire?
"We have to try and take the same approach," explained Stuart. "We have to make sure that (the team, younger players included) that energy level, that emotion.
"The older guys can help that by stressing that (the reason the team had success on Monday) is because of that better emotion and better energy at the start of the game.
"You know you need to create your own energy on the road (because) you aren’t going to get it from the crowd," said Stuart.
Is there anything the Bruins can do, in the first period, to get off on the right track?
Watch and react, intimates B’s goalie Tim Thomas
"You just have to be aware (of what is happening) right off the bat," said Thomas. "And you have to be award of how your team is playing, too."
Associate Coach Marc Habscheid believes that nobody on the team should need any sort of reminder of what is at stake.
"Obviously, (Monday) was a big win against a first place team," said Habscheid, who spoke to the media in lieu of B’s head coach Dave Lewis, today. "They’re a very good team and it was an important win.
"But we know it’s ONE win.
"It certainly adds to our guys feeling better about themselves and gaining more confidence…but these guys are all professionals, NHL players, and they understand that it is only one win and that we’re going into a real tough situation."Lineup?
No word on a starting goalie, yet.
Wayne Primeau will not go and should be spelled by Jeff Hoggan.
And, as you know, Bobby Allen was called up this morning.
More in the A.M.
Goodnight from Buffalo.